GOD OR MAMMON?
Lesson 3 for January 20, 2018
Adapted From www.fustero.es
Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV
“Therefore God also has highly
exalted Him and given Him the
name which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow, of those in
heaven, and of those on earth, and
of those under the earth, and that
every tongue should confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of
God the Father"
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and
love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
Who is God?
He created us.
He became human.
He redeemed us.
Jesus is our Creator and Redeemer. He impels us to choose between
serving God or serving money (mammon).
We should know our two possible masters and the consequences of
serving them before making a decision.
“For by Him [Jesus] all things were created that are in
heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or
powers. All things were created through Him and for
Him.” (Colossians 1:16)
The whole Trinity was involved in Creation (Genesis
1:1; Isaiah 45:11-12; John 1:3), and Jesus was the
He created all the riches on Earth so we
could enjoy them (Genesis 1:28-29; 2:8-
13), even after sin entered the Earth
However, we have corrupted the natural
riches–as they are not inherently bad– by
using them to do evil instead of glorifying
God with them (Ecclesiastes 7:29;
1 Chronicles 29:14).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but
have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
God merged his divine nature with the
human nature in the person of the
Son–Jesus. That’s the greatest
example of God’s love.
He was born as a child. He grew up as
we do. He showed the true character
of our heavenly Father with His
example and His teaching.
God made everything possible to help us
understand how He cares and loves us.
Nevertheless, He lets us freely choose to
live with Him or to let the love for material
things separate us from Him like the young
rich man did (Mat. 19:16-22).
“to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He
made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have
redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:6-7)
We took what we shouldn’t–the fruit of the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil–, so
we incurred a debt that we couldn’t pay
The curse of the law (Gal. 3:13).
The power of darkness (Col. 1:13).
The wrath to come (1Ts. 1:10).
The devil (Heb. 2:14).
The power of death (Heb. 2:14).
Our vain lifestyle way of life (1Pe.1:18).
Our sins (Rev. 1:5).
Jesus redeemed us by paying that
debt at the cross (John 19:30).
He also released us from…
Jesus fulfilled His mission when He died at the cross. Our debt was fully paid.
The divine justice was satisfied, and He is waiting for our response to His
“There can be no self-exaltation, no
boastful claim to freedom from sin, on the
part of those who walk in the shadow of
Calvary’s cross. They feel that it was their
sin which caused the agony that broke the
heart of the Son of God, and this thought
will lead them to self-abasement. Those
who live nearest to Jesus discern most
clearly the frailty and sinfulness of
humanity, and their only hope is in the
merit of a crucified and risen Saviour.”
E.G.W. (The Great Controversy, cp. 27, p. 471)
“Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in
heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” (Deuteronomy 4:39)
“God is not a man.” (Num. 23:19). We cannot
understand His nature and His thoughts
(Isa. 55:9). He is the Creator and we are His
creatures (Psalm 100:3). He is a “jealous God”
(Deu. 4:24) and He doesn’t tolerate any
He tells us, “My son, give me your heart, and
let your eyes observe my ways." (Proverbs
He doesn’t want a divided heart or just a
portion of it. He wants a love response and full
surrender, and He’s not ok with less. Why?
Because He created us, and He supports our
lives and the lives of everything He created. He
wants the best for us, and there’s nothing
better than living at His service.
We don’t own anything, even ourselves (1Co. 6:20). What can we do to
avoid loving riches the same way we should love God?
SERVING MONEY “No one can serve two masters. Either
you will hate the one and love the other,
or you will be devoted to the one and
despise the other. You cannot serve both
God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)
Before devoting to your possessions,
ask yourself: Do I really own them?
and the highest
heavens belong to
the Lord your God,
also the earth with
all that is in it.”
beast of the
forest is Mine,
and the cattle
on a thousand
parent as well
as the child—
“‘The silver is
Mine, and the
gold is Mine,’
says the Lord
“In giving ourselves to God, we must necessarily give up
all that would separate us from Him. Hence the Saviour
says, ‘Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all
that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.’ Luke 14:33.
Whatever shall draw away the heart from God must be
given up. Mammon is the idol of many. The love of
money, the desire for wealth, is the golden chain that
binds them to Satan. Reputation and worldly honor are
worshiped by another class. The life of selfish ease and
freedom from responsibility is the idol of others. But
these slavish bands must be broken. We cannot be half
the Lord’s and half the world’s. We are not God’s
children unless we are such entirely.”
E.G.W. (Steps to Christ, cp. 5, p. 44)